There's a new world's oldest woman

Violet Mosses Brown, a church-loving Baptist from Duanvale in Trelawny, Jamaica, became the world's new oldest person on Saturday and is likely the oldest living Christian too.

At 117, Brown has witnessed a lot of history's milestones.

Emma was also the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s - and credited eating small amounts of minced meat and only having milk for supper for helping her live longer. Don't drink rum, according to 117-year-old Jamaican Violet-Mosse Brown, recently dubbed the world's oldest human. She constantly explains that living by God's Word has been the secret to her longevity stating that it is the result of "my faith in serving God, and believing strongly in the teaching of the Bible". She avoids alcohol, pork and chicken, however.

"I love the Church", Brown told The Gleaner.

In her early life, she worked as a plantation worker cutting sugar cane and working as a maid as a survivor of "post slavery" according to the family. She was baptized more than a century ago at age 13 in the Baptist church and served as church organist, choir mistress and secretary for more than 80 years.

Affectionately nicknamed Aunt V, Violet Mosse-Brown was born March 10, 1900.

After her husband's death in 1997, she took over his responsibilities and became a record-keeper for the local cemetery, a job she continued well after her 100th birthday. Guinness told the News that while they work with the GRG to verify the oldest living person, they will conduct additional research before awarding the next person in line the official title of World's Oldest Person.

Morano died on Easter Eve while sitting in an armchair at her home, her longtime doctor told The Associated Press.

"She continues to be very hard-working, even now", Palmer said.

Before her death on Saturday, Emma Morano - Brown's predecessor in the longevity record - was believed to be the last person alive who was born in the 19th century.

At any one time, there are only about 300 super-centenarians - people who are 110 and older - living worldwide, Dr. Thomas Perls, professor of medicine and geriatrics at Boston University and Boston Medical Center, told TODAY.

  • Carolyn Briggs